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The Truth is so Brutal

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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that … Continue reading The Truth is so Brutal. Life/Experiences brutal truth

Glorious Childhood

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“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built … Continue reading Glorious Childhood. Nature/Wonder Parenting/Growing up child childhood glorious

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The Best Content Marketing Examples

B2B Marketing Insider

Last year we published 99 Amazing Content Marketing Examples. There were actually 106 examples there but “99+” felt better. This year, the list has almost doubled. So I’m giving up on counting them (You can count them below.) But if you are you looking for the best content marketing examples you’ve come to the right […]. Content Marketing

4 Actionable Insights from Google Search Console Search Analytics Reports

KoMarketing Associates

SEO remains a critical channel for B2B marketers as they shift their focus on a new year’s worth of goals and objectives. As indicated in the recent “ 2016 State of Pipeline Marketing ” report from Bizible , Heinz Marketing , Radius , ReachForce , and Uberflip , SEO ranked 4th amongst tactics used to acquire new customers. So what tactics do B2B marketers use to execute a SEO program ?

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

The 15 Best Special-Purpose SEO Tools

Webbiquity

Given the importance of search engine optimization—organic search remains the top source of traffic for most B2B websites—t’s vital to use the right tools to help with various aspects of optimization, for any size website. Previous posts in this series have covered tools for specific SEO functions including content ideation , keyword research , and rank tracking. Google Review Count:  600.

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What is a Q&A Case Study? And Why is it Great for B2B Marketing?

Webbiquity

Guest post by Zachary Moore. Today, 88% of consumers look at reviews before making an online purchase. This trend makes case studies more important than ever. case study is more than a review or a testimonial. good case study paints a picture, tells a story. It highlights your successes in a way that turns potential buyers into actual customers. ” That’s what you’re aiming for. Big Names.

How to simultaneously attract new prospects and retain loyal customers

Biznology

One of the challenges business owners face is attracting new customers while trying to retain current customers. Choosing where to spend your energy and how to divvy up your time between the two can be challenging.  B2B companies tend to focus more resources on attracting new customers than retaining current customers. Should they be two separate initiatives, or can they overlap? Sealed the deal.

2017: The Year of the Data Driven CMO

It's All About Revenue

Happy New Year everyone! hope everyone had a great holiday season and I wish nothing but the best for everyone in 2017 and beyond. Now, as for you, the CMOs of the world, as we wave goodbye to 2016, the time has come to wave goodbye to some bad habits when it comes to the use of data and data driven marketing. Survey Says: Wrong. Picture a group of marketers on the TV show Family Feud. Surveys?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

The Customer Experience Story: Seamless and Not So Seamless

It's All About Revenue

There is a real surge of interest and attention being paid by marketers to customer experience, and with good reason. In a highly crowded and fragmented marketplace, prospects need to be wooed and won over by brands. “Customer experience is your customers’ perceptions of how the company treats them. ” Toma Kulbyte, Super Office. Main Takeaways. Customer Experience

5 Bold Ideas for Content Strategists in 2017

B2B Marketing Insider

You’re a high-level thinker. problem solver. And a communicator worth an audience’s attention. So, you understand why bold ideas matter in content strategy. Without the vision to think bigger and better, companies usually get lost in content shock. People used to vote with their wallets, and now they vote with their time. If you […].

Introducing ViewedIt: Supercharge email conversions with the power of personal video

Vidyard

Click. Trash. Click. Trash. If you have an email account, you know this routine too well. The average business user receives nearly 100 emails per day , and most of that is generated automatically. No wonder click-through rates are now as low as 1-3 percent. And yet email isn’t going anywhere: It’s far and away the dominant means to communicate in business. Enter ViewedIt. It’s no mystery why.

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The Perfect Customer Marketer Job Description

Influitive b2b

Customer marketing is on the rise. According to Koyne Marketing’s 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report, 93% of organizations agree that customer marketing is important or very important to their revenue, and more than two-thirds are planning to boost their investment in customer marketing over the next year. In spite of this, many organizations still.

Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. For the past few years I’ve been a contributor to The Harvard Business Review. submit my very best article once a quarter or so, an editor reviews it, she suggests some minor modifications, and then it would be published. Some of this increased competition is coming from big company executives who compose articles crafted by a support team of writers and PR agencies.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

Which Content Marketing Metrics Matter?

B2B Marketing Insider

‘We uncovered a bug in page insights. The bug has been live since May.’ ’ The update on metrics by Facebook showed erroneous measurements of how people interacted with content on the platform. statistical error undermined the trust of advertisers and publishers on Facebook, and the social media giant agreed to provide a third party […]. appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

The five great questions of content marketing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. recently attended a conference where marketers wrote about their single biggest challenges. These issues were posted on a board and it was fascinating to observe! These five content-related posts stood out as the great questions representing the minds of the conference attendees: 1. Breaking through the noise. “We can create ‘great’ content, but how do we guarantee it is seen?

Has your Twitter engagement recently dropped?

Biznology

In the last couple weeks, the notifications I have been receiving via my @chrisabraham Twitter handle have plummeted. Serious chirping crickets. Here’s what I discovered and what I did to resolve the issue: first, be sure you’re on your Twitter Notifications page  and then check on the Notification Settings : Then you just have to choose how noisy you want it. like it nosiest!

6 Awesome Sales Call Conversation Starters

Vidyard

One of my favorite things about my team is that we are constantly focused on helping each other do better. After one of us finishes a call that doesn’t progress, someone may say something along the lines of, “Ah man, so close, I could have taken that somewhere!” That’s when we start discussing what happened in the call, and together try to figure out how we could have driven it better. Don’t sell.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Over Two Thirds of CMOs Name Mobile Marketing a Top Priority For 2017

It's All About Revenue

Smartphones have been declared a device that people “can’t live without” With over two billion smartphones in use globally, mobile marketing presents an effective and personal way for companies to engage with their customers. The above is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of a new report from Constellation Research. And no, I will not state that 2017 is the year of mobile.

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Slammed! Sales Management Book Camp

Your Sales Management Guru

KEN: Normally I do not use this blog to promote, but I have had many readers inquire about out training programs and I wanted to let everyone know about this special opportunity. Slammed! The New Sales Manager Boot Camp. We hear these comments all the time: Revenues are flat. have a problem growing sales profitably. We seem to react to every opportunity. To Learn More     [link].

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Lead Scoring Setup is Not a Set-It and Forget-It Activity

It's All About Revenue

The turn of the calendar is often a good time to review your marketing plans and make sure every thing is on track for success. Platitudes, sure, but without regular reviews of all parts of your marketing funnel and technology set-up, you can’t be sure that you will continue to meet your goals. Specifically the MQL, or marketing-qualified leads. This is often an eye-opening experience.

CEOs To Marketers: CMOs Need To Focus On Revenue Growth

B2B Marketing Insider

Today’s marketing leaders are stuck in a Catch-22. Create CMO-driven revenue growth. And figure out how to do it in a way that we modern consumers don’t hate. What was once the role of the Chief Marketing Officer has been completely cast aside. We have gone from “brand ambassadors” asking agencies to create hard-to-measure ad campaigns, […]. Marketing Strategy

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8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

Why You Need to Focus on Video Marketing in 2017 [Infographic]

Hubspot

2016 saw a surge in the popularity of video as a content marketing format. From 360-degree videos to Facebook Live , marketers are responding to audiences' shorter attention spans by making content more interactive and visual -- and it's paying off. Video is growing to dominate your audience's online activity: 78% of people watch videos online every week, and 55% watch videos online every day.

7 Ways to Generate Leads on Social Media

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Lisa Marcyes When you hear the term lead generation, social media probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind…but maybe it should be. And according to a recent study by LinkedIn Pulse, B2B buyers who feel a “high brand connection” are 60% more likely to consider, purchase, and even pay a premium than “low brand connection” competitors. Special Offers. Polls and Surveys.

Study says sedentary activities like blogging block impact of exercise

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Hiking with the non-sedentary Bill Strawderman. By Mark Schaefer. I set a world record on Christmas Day. received a new FitBit wearable fitness tracker and was the only person in history to put it on, wear it for three hours, and not record a single step. I was couch-bound. The company created a new achievement badge just for me — The Weekend at Bernie’s Badge. How about you?

Which Blogging Tactics Produce the Strongest Results? [New Survey Data]

Hubspot

When it comes to business blogging, how much time do people put into creating posts? How long are their articles? What goes into them? How often do they publish new content? How do they promote their posts? Do they measure the results? The answers to any and all of the questions deliver interesting insights on the state of digital marketing. Let's take a look at some of the trends over the years.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

A Look Back at Modern Marketing in 2016

It's All About Revenue

Modern Marketing has come a long way in 2016. More leading brands are using marketing technology to better understand their customers and provide a better customer experience than ever before. Data is part of nearly every marketing conversation. Customer obsession and experience is the main focus. But this has also created a culture of more, more, more. Asking “Why?”

B2B Companies Who Don’t Implement Multi-Touch Attribution Will Fall Behind in 2017

bizible

According to data from the State of Pipeline Marketing Survey 2016, 83.3% of marketers who are using single-touch attribution are doing so because it’s easy to implement or because it is the legacy system. Essentially, they’re not using it because it gives them an accurate representation of marketing’s impact on revenue, but because it is the status quo. Greater ROI is just the beginning.

13 Things to Start, Stop & Keep Doing With Your Email Marketing in 2017

Hubspot

If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a good chance you arrived here by clicking on a link in an email we sent to you. Email marketing is a powerful tool to encourage your audience to engage with content and to nurture leads in your database along the buyer’s journey. Certainly email is not dead , but it is getting harder to do well. Email personalization really works. Seriously, stop. Testing.

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7 Trends That Will Change Social Media in 2017

Hubspot

It’s the start of another year, which means you’re probably back in the office after vacation, hard at work on your New Year’s resolution. And if you’re a marketer, you may also be fine-tuning your strategic plan for success in 2017. In this blog post, we’ll dive into what happened in 2016 , what we think social media managers should expect in 2017, and how to plan for these changes. Good question.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Fonts & Feelings: Does Typography Connote Emotions?

Hubspot

Think about your favorite book for a moment. How did it make you feel when you read it? Is that part of what made it such a compelling story? My favorite book series is Harry Potter , and apart from the awesomeness that is a magical boarding school, the font in which it was published may have influenced my affection for the series. Fonts vs. Typefaces: What’s the Difference? Sans Serif. Script.

9 Key Steps When Going From Concept to Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Coming up with an idea is the easy part. But it’s only one small piece of the pie. The biggest challenge is often taking that brilliant concept and turning it into content. You’ve been there. know you have, because we all have. You get a brilliant, game-changing idea for a piece of content that will shoot you (and your company) into content-marketing superstardom. Sales will skyrocket!

B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2017

MI6 Marketing Agency

If you’re wondering what the B2B content marketing trends for 2017 are this post is for you. The chart below is featured in the research report : “ B2B Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America ” published by MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). What Does This Chart Tell Us? Back to the question at hand. The report is below.

The Secrets to Scalable Growth: How DiscoverOrg Crushed 2016

DiscoverOrg

I remember it so vividly that it’s crystal clear. Nearly a year ago on Monday, January 25th, 2016, during the review of our 2016 budget at the Board meeting, one of our Board members questioned whether we were sandbagging our aggressive budget and asked CEO Henry Schuck the quintessential question on every Board’s and CEO’s mind: “How can you grow the company faster?”. Really? Think about that.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.